from my bookshelf: the most powerful woman in the room is you by lydia fenet

papercut the most powerful woman in the room is you gave me the wake up call i needed. once i started reading it, i woke up a little earlier, had a spring in my step, and felt reenergized about my career path (and gave me peace about not knowing exactly what my career path may look…

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from my bookshelf: kitchen confidential by anthony bourdain

papercut kitchen confidential is a gorgeous story about anthony bourdain’s experiences in childhood, chef school, and beyond. in typical bourdain fashion, it’s smart, funny, and painful. on a lighter note, it also includes great tips for those of us who aren’t professional chefs, but hope to up our cooking game at home. dogears “I had had…

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from my bookshelf: i heard you paint houses by charles brandt

papercut i heard you paint houses is a fascinating nonfiction account of frank sheeran’s testimony to author charles brandt about the killing of jimmy hoffa, joey gallo, and JFK, among other events linked to the mob. this book is nearly impossible to put down; charles brandt does a deep dive into some of the greatest mysteries…

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from my bookshelf: cool gray city of love by gary kamiya

papercut gary kimya describes san francisco’s past, present, and future in vivid detail, peppered with personal anecdotes. i love the way he hones in on different particular neighborhoods and individuals which make up san francisco. it gives a tourist like me hope that someday i can learn the city better and absorb even just a…

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from my bookshelf: marie antoinette by stefan zweig

papercut marie antoinette is a comprehensive biography about the girl who became the queen of france when she was only a teenager. even though it is nonfiction, it reads like a fiction novel. stefan zweig takes a deep dive into this brief section of french history while delivering in-depth portraits of marie antoinette and her family…

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from my bookshelf: text me when you get home by kayleen schaefer

papercut text me when you get home is a non-fiction work filled with anecdotes and research focused on modern female friendship. schaefer made me think about difficult topics: do i welcome females into my life easily? do i trust them? do i prevent or perpetuate stereotypes about female friendships? reading this book made me hyper-aware of…

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from my bookshelf: the immortal life of henrietta lacks by rebecca skloot

papercut the immortal life of henrietta lacks is academic and non-fiction to its core, but reads like a fiction novel. the story is about henrietta lacks, a patient at johns hopkins in baltimore in the 1950s. cells taken from henrietta for research ended up becoming known as “”HeLa” and became a crucial part of scientific and…

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from my bookshelf: political fictions by joan didion

papercut  political fictions contains 8 essays about the american political system. didion covers how american politics have been shaped by the institution of the presidency, specifically when presidents bring impeachment and scandal to the oval office. she also thoroughly investigates why americans vote the way they do, and explores the painful disconnect between american life and…

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from my bookshelf: after henry by joan didion

papercut  this book of essays was written in memory of henry robbins, didion’s editor. in part, subjects include: the reagan presidency (and the disconnect between the reagans and average americans); michael dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign; patty hearst’s kidnapping by the symbionese liberation army; didion’s education and career at berkeley; a los angeles murder trial merging…

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